Introducing The American Foxhound

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It was believed that the American Foxhounds these days were developed from the hunting dogs of George Washington. The father of United States was said to have been gifted French Foxhounds by General Lafayette who gained recognition because of his accomplishments in the American Revolution. The American Foxhounds were developed from these hounds that were given to George Washington.

American Foxhounds were bred to hunt in packs thus present day dogs have lived and worked in the same manner their ancestors did. American Foxhounds are keen hunters famed for their musical voice that can be heard for miles. These dogs are noted for their high prey drive thus it would be very difficult to call off a dog that has found an interesting scent. These dogs will constantly bay while following a prey and once the animal is found and cornered, the vocalization will change to signal the human hunters that follow on horseback .

An American Foxhound is a handsome breed. The dog’s impressive appearance is due to the eye catching black and tan patches on the short white coat, the long tail and long wide ears as well as the large brown or hazel eyes with gentle expression. American Foxhound is large breed with an imposing appearance but this hunter is known for its mild manners and gentleness to children. An American Foxhound is an avid hunter but it also has an affectionate and loyal personality. Is it possible to turn this keen hunter into a placid home companion?

American Foxhounds were bred to hunt in large packs. Being dogs that are hunted in packs, American Foxhounds would be more people oriented and less human oriented. Modern Day American Foxhounds were accustomed to the same life their progenitors live. These dogs would be happiest if allowed to live and hunt with the members of the pack. American Foxhounds though can adapt to the life of a home companion.

The high exercise requirements would make this dog unsuitable for small quarters or apartment living. The ideal owner of this dog is one that is athletic as the dog would make a good running or jogging companion. Being a hound, it would have the tendency to show the typical stubbornness of hounds thus an owner has to be able to handle the dog. These dogs are generally affectionate but they have to be socialized and to be obedience trained at an early age to tamper the innate stubbornness and to mold them into an ideal home companion.

The American Foxhound is one for hunting. But is it not time to learn more about this great dog breed.

For more information visit the American Kennel Club at: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/american-foxhound/

Choosing Dog Crates

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How do you use a dog crate? Don’t know how to pick the best one for your dog? You will need answers to these questions before you can buy a large pet crate.

A large dog can be very destructive especially when they are young and don’t understand or know the boundaries in your home, one way to protect your home from a large dog is using the crate training technique. With a large dog crate you will be able to create your dog’s own space, a bit like his own sanctuary, somewhere he can go to sleep when tired and also where he will be when you sleep or you are going out.

One question I get asked a lot is ‘is it cruel to lock a dog in a dog crate?’ if you take into consideration that dogs are ‘den’ animals then the answer is clearly no, Look at where they want to spend most of their sleep and relaxation time – under the table, tucked in the corner of a room. In the wild, wolves are known to burrow holes to sleep in.

To get your dog used to the crate start by leaving the crate door open, and place all your dog’s toys just inside the door. When they want a toy they will have to climb into the crate a bit and get it. You can also use special treats as a further encouragement to enter the crate. Day by day, move the toys or treats further back. It will only take a day or two before your dog starts to go into the crate to lie down. After a few days of napping and sleeping in the open crate, quietly close the door (ideally while your dog is asleep) and leave it closed for a few minutes or until they wake up. Once awake, open the door, praise them and release them from the crate. It is up to you but you probably will only need the crate for 12 months or so, by then your dog will like his crate so you can continue to use if you choose, if not you will need to slowly wean him away from the dog crate.

As you have large dog you will need a large dog crate, you will see plastic ones around but they are mostly used for transporting your dog. You need one that is very sturdy, most are made of very strong metallic plastic coated wiring, my personal favorite is the Midwest 1154U 54-By-35-By-45-Inch Single-Door Starter Series Pet Crate, a little bit more expensive than some other crates but comes with lots of room for your dog and constructed of a durable black Electro-Coat finish and is large enough for a St. Bernard. If your dog is particularly destructive wire crates may not be suitable. Instead, consider aluminum dog crates like Zinger Winger or Impact Case.

If you are looking for a little bit cheaper then have a look at the Midwest Life Stages Single-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate, it comes in a whole variety of sizes so will suit all types of dogs large and small.

Large Dog Crates

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When a regular sized dog crate just wont do – you need a large dog crate. Puppies grow quickly and can outgrow their small dog crate within 6 months. And if they are not crate trained by then you will need a larger crate to continuing their training.

Pet crates come in a variety of styles to meet a variety of functional needs. Below is an examination of the purposes for some of the most common types of pet crates.

Solid Plastic
Solid plastic pet crates are used when secure air travel or other secure travel is required. In case of accident or heavy energy jolts these crates will protect the animals. However, these solid plastic pet crates are not suitable for all types of use because they take up a lot of space when stored.

Aluminum
Aluminum dog crates are used when something sturdy that will resist water damage is required. They are most often found in kennels and veterinary hospitals. They are also suitable for car travel and home housing. They also allow good sight lines, ventilation, and style. They are lightweight when no pet is inside. Many of them can fold up for convenient storage.

Wire
Wire dog pet crates are great when you need something that is easily stored for use when transporting a pet. Pets enjoy them because they can see and smell everything around them. Pads should be used to make the bottom of the crate more comfortable. They are typically used for short car trips or at kennels. They are becoming popular for show dogs so that when the dogs are crated they can be easily displayed.

Soft Material
Soft material pet crates are easily folded up for storage and transportation. They are only suitable for use with crate trained animals that won’t try to chew on them. They are used merely as housing for your pet, not for transportation.

Dog Tents
Dog tents are a variation of soft material pet crates. The main difference being that they are even more easily folded. They usually have their own little carrying case like your pillow has a pillowcase. They are great for home use and for housing your animal at destinations as you travel. They give your pet an increased sense of security because wherever your pet goes with you its tent goes too.